For the past few years I have worked with the Finnish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to develop a program that helps to put the new robotics and artificial intelligence in use. The program is called ”The Well-being and Health Sector’s AiRo (Artificial Intelligence and Robotics) Programme”. A big part of the program is to find solutions for the elderly people to live at home as long as possible. The demographics in Finland do not give hope that there would be sufficiently of human hands in the future to take care of all of the support needing people living in the country. We need the robots to help us.
And robots are indeed helping create better life quality already. For example the Evondos drug dispensing robot takes care that the right amount of medicine is taken at exactly the right time. The robot saves costs of the service providers and helps the homecare personnel to better make optimized plans for the day.
Evondos has succeeded well. The company was awarded with the ”best growth” award in Western Finland in May.
Evondos robot is a great example of combinatory innovation. Based on some ideas of a cash-machine, putting intelligence and lots of high tech and a nice voice inside, all in a well-designed cover, they have really created an impact product that brings about safety and wellbeing to the user.
But the combinatory thinking does not end there, in tech and service design. To succeed the company needs to know also about procurement processes, regulations, home environments, nurses needs and attitudes – just to mention a few.